See & Do

Whether you're looking to discover trails on your snowmobile or take your tube down the Rotary River Slides, Whitecourt has something for everyone in every season.

Fishing

Whitecourt and the surrounding area is home to many great fishing spots!

Depending on where you fish, you can reel in many different types of game fish, from northern pike to walleye, yellow perch to lake whitefish. The Athabasca and McLeod Rivers also offer great fishing, as well as many smaller rivers and creeks in the area. Windfall, Groat, Christmas Creek and several others, have game fish such as Athabasca rainbow trout, grayling, pike, walleye, mountain whitefish and northern pike.

McLeod Lake
  • Rainbow Trout
  • 6.5km northwest of Whitecourt on Highway 43; turn north onto Highway 32 for about 10km and follow the signs located on the east side of the road at Carson Pegasus provincial park. For more information check out the Alberta Parks website.
Little McLeod
  • Northern Trout, Pike, Whitefish
  • Located beside McLeod Lake.
Emerald Lake
  •  Eastern Brook
  • Located 3.2km north of McLeod Lake.
Goose Lake
  • Pike, Perch
  • Located 30km north-east of Whitecourt. Take Highway 43 east and turn at Cottonwood onto Secondary Highway 658.
Schuman Lake
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Located 4.6 km southeast of Goose Lake.
Blue Ridge Recreation Area
  • Trout
  • In 2011 the south lake was stocked with trout and is now managed as a quality stocked trout fishery.
Athabasca & McLeod Rivers
  • This includes tributaries such as Sakwatamau and Freeman Rivers; creeks such as Windfall, Groat, Oldman, Chickadee, Christmas
  •  Athabasca Rainbow Trout, Grayling, Pike, Walleye, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike
Alberta Fishing Regulations

Alberta residents under the age of 16 and over 65 need not worry about a fishing license, as it's not required. But for everybody else, different bodies of water have different regulations, and fishermen are required to have a sport fishing license. For more information on fishing licenses, visit Alberta Environment's webpage.

Free Fishing Weekends!

Alberta has two free fishing weekends each year: the Family Day weekend in February, and during the summer to coincide with National Fishing Week (dates vary).

Fish in town at Whitecourt's Rotary Park

Grab your fishing rod and tackle, and take your family fishing at Rotary Park. Fishing is limited to people under the age of 16 years, or those accompanied by one or more people under the age of 16 years. Fishing at Rotary Park is permitted from May to October. All guidelines in the current Alberta Guide to Sport Fishing apply while fishing at the park. You can pick up a copy of the guide at all establishments that sell fishing licenses.

Geocaching

Become a modern day treasure hunter!

Geocaching is becoming a popular activity across the nation and throughout the world - it's easy, fun, and free. Participants use a global positioning system (GPS) to hide and seek geocaches anywhere in the world. In Whitecourt and surrounding area there are several geocaching sites to be found.

A typical cache is a small container that holds a logbook and treasure, such as a toy or trinket. The idea of geocaching is to find a cache, take something from the cache, leave something in it for the next person, and write about it in the logbook.

Join the world's largest treasure hunt.

For more information contact the Whitecourt Visitor Information Centre at 1-800-313-7383.

Golfing

Whitecourt Golf & Country Club

Come play one of Alberta's most beautiful courses. GDS Golf Design Service drew on years of national and international experience to design this par-72, 18 hole layout. You don't have to be a pro to enjoy this course. You can also sharpen your skills with a lesson from our golf professional or practice to perfection at the driving range.

Enjoy the view from the clubhouse, stop and have a drink and enjoy fantastic food and friendly service after coming off the links and recap your game with friends. Please call in advance for tee times.

​For more information call 780-778-3531 or visit www.whitecourtgolf.com.  You can also follow the Club on Facebook.

Brooks Creek Mini Golf 

Brooke's Creek is a recreation hot spot located at the entrance to Whitecourt's downtown.  The facility is equipped with an 18 hole mini-golf course and a 54 site, partially serviced campground.

For more information follow Brooks Creek on Facebook.

Hiking

Lace up and leave your everyday life behind as you hike through forested paths and meandering trails.

Make sure to go prepared - and enjoy glimpses of our wildlife, no matter the season! Our animals don't pose for pictures so you have to be fast with the camera to catch them!

Whitecourt Trail System

Whether you're looking for some exercise or just want to enjoy the great outdoors, you will marvel at the opportunities provided by more than 30 kilometres of trails that wind through Whitecourt. Paved pathways, meandering trails, and residential sidewalks will take you from hilltop to valley. The trails are designed and maintained for year-round use for walking, jogging, in-line skating, and biking.

Whitecourt Trail Map

E.S. Heustis Demonstration Forest

Forestry is a major part of the history and economy of the Whitecourt area, and one of the best ways to learn about the industry is by visiting E.S. Heustis Demonstration Forest. Located just minutes from Whitecourt (13 kilometres northwest on Highway 32), it provides a 10 square kilometre forest area that shows how a forest can sustain recreation, wildlife habitat, and resource harvesting over an extended period of time. This would be the perfect outing for individuals who are passionate about the environment, or for those with a general interest in the forestry practices that have shaped the Woodlands County region and the province of Alberta. A 7-kilometre trail (one-way) will guide you through the forest where you will learn something new at each of the 26 interpretive signs.

Hard Luck Canyon

Hard Luck Canyon is a beautiful place nestled in the forests surrounding Whitecourt. Located 20 kilometres from Whitecourt on West Mountain Road, the canyon makes for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you'd like to explore the best nature has to offer, Hard Luck Canyon won't disappoint you.

For directions, visit the Whitecourt Visitor Information Centre.

Riverboating

Have a riverboat and a need for speed?

Try your hand in the annual poker rally, or go for a family ride on the Athabasca River and enjoy the scenic landscape and wildlife.

Whitecourt is one of just four locations worldwide to host the World Jet Boat Marathon along with New Zealand, Mexico and the USA. While you are waiting for the worlds, you can enjoy the Annual Jet Boat Races every August. Events are centered out of Whitecourt’s Riverboat Park.

On the Lakes

There are countless lakes in our region to enjoy with friends and family. Please be aware of boating restrictions as some of our lakes have speed limits and other regulations.

Don't forget to bring your tubes!

Jet Boat Races

Come experience the sound of thunder racing across our rivers during the Annual Jet Boat Races. Residents and tourists pack the shores each year to witness the excitement of the weekend event.

Whitecourt Riverboat Association

For more information follow the Association on Facebook or contact the Whitecourt Riverboat Association:

  • Karey Crawford 780-778-1465
  • Paddy Stratton Jr. 780-778-0388

​​For more information call the Visitor Information Centre at 1-800-313-7383.

Whitecourt Rotary Park

WHITECOURT ROTARY PARK

Rotary Park is located at the end of 51 Street (north of the Whitecourt Fire Hall) in downtown Whitecourt. From Highway 43, turn north onto 51 Street and follow 51 Street until you reach the park entrance gate. A public washroom facility is open seasonally (during the summer months) and concession service is generally open when the Whitecourt River Slides are operating. It is recommended that you bring tubes and flotation toys to fully experience the fun of the Whitecourt River Slides (rentals are not available).

Read more.

Tubing

Take a scenic ride down the river

You haven't truly experienced the area until you've gone tubing on the McLeod River - a popular recreational pastime of our locals. There is no charge to float the gorgeous McLeod River.

Set off from the access site located 10 minutes outside of Whitecourt, just off of West Mountain Road (follow the signs on Highway 43 for Mountain Road - West Access; additional signs will guide your way). From the tubing access area, your trip should take approximately 2.5 hours to the coordinated pickup point located within Whitecourt. So sit back, relax, and see what all the fuss is about.

Tubing Checklist:

  • A good quality tube (can be purchased at local retail stores)
  • Water shoes
  • Lifejackets
  • A paddle for slow spots
  • Sunscreen
  • Rope to tie groups of tubes together
  • Two vehicles - one to park at the tubing access site, and another to park at your pickup location
  • Waterproof camera to capture pictures of the whole family having fun!

Quadding

Although there are no designated OHV use areas in and around Whitecourt, there are miles of trails close by which go through beautiful areas and forests. The Whitecourt ATV Club is currently enhancing the Windfall area, located about 20 kilometres west of Whitecourt, which has a variety of trails and is popular with local residents. For more information:

Visit the Whitecourt ATV Club on Facebook.

Timeu OHV Recreation Area

ATV enthusiasts flock to the Timeu OHV Recreation Area just northeast of Fort Assiniboine (on the north side of Secondary Highway 661). The trails provide a variety of challenges for ATV enthusiasts and is composed of sandhills and intermittent wetlands over a 38 square kilometre area. The trails are well marked and there is a staging area, and a couple of picnic areas you can use for the day.

Motocross

Set amidst the northern Alberta forest and nestled near the mighty Athabasca River, the Whiteridge MX Park is a new motocross track located outside Blue Ridge. The facility consists of 20 obstacles over a 2-kilometre track.

The Whiteridge MX Park was built for racing quads and motocross bikes. Riders will be greeted with an appealing assortment of jumps and tabletops. All you have to do to ride the track is pick up a membership at:

RPM Power Sports
(3 - 3803 36 Street, Whitecourt)

Adrenaline Powersports Ltd.
(3501 35 Avenue, Whitecourt)

1st Choice Husky Truck & Car Wash
(3530 Kepler Street, Whitecourt)

​​For more information contact the Whitecourt Motocross Association at www.whitecourtmx.com.

Mountain Biking

Hit the trails this summer in Whitecourt!

The Whitecourt Mountain Bike Society has been working to expand our trail system and has completed phase one of the Whitecourt Mountain Bike Skills Park which includes the dirt jump track, pump track and flow trail.

For more information visit: www.bikewhitecourt.com

All of the Whitecourt Mountain Bike Trails can be found on Trailforks by downloading the free app or visiting www.trailforks.com/region/whitecourt/

Hunting

If you are a hunter, the Whitecourt and surrounding area is the perfect place for you!

Our area boasts a variety of big game trophy hunting for elk, moose, mule deer and whitetail deer. We also have excellent opportunities to hunt for bear, wolves, even cougars. There is also a variety of game bird species, including geese and ducks. We truly do have some of Alberta's finest hunting.

Hunting draws are done in June annually for hunting across the province. Apply to Alberta Sustainable Resource Development for the opportunity to hunt for a variety of species of big game. For more information visit

www.albertaregulations.ca

Groat Creek Outfitters

Experience a full service, high-quality hunting opportunity. You are invited to come hunt for a unique experience. For more information find them on Facebook.

For more information call or visit the Whitecourt Forest Interpretive Centre at 1-800-313-7383.

Snowmobiling

Undoubtedly one of the most popular winter activities in the region is snowmobiling.

With a large network of groomed trails and an annual snowfall of 174 centimetres, it's no wonder Whitecourt is known as the Snowmobile Capital of Alberta.

Tour the unspoiled, natural beauty of the area on hundreds of kilometres of groomed and ungroomed trails. A true adventure seeker's paradise. Whether you are an avid snowmobiler or are going out for the first time, you're sure to find an adventure.

Whitecourt is one of a handful of municipalities that allow operation of Off-Highway Vehicles throughout the community. For more information on operation and use of OHVs within Whitecourt, click here.

Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club

Having recognition as Alberta's Snowmobile Capital is due in large part to the Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. For over 30 years, the Club has worked to develop and groom the riding trails, maintain the cabins along the way, and promote the sport in the area and across the country. Over the years, the Club has been formally recognized and received awards from a number of organizations - including the Alberta Snowmobile Association, Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations, and SnoRiders West. For more information on the Club visit www.whitecourtrailblazers.ca.

GPS Mapping Available
  • Visit the Trailblazers' website and download our entire trail system into your GPS. Cabin locations and staging area locations are also included.
Eagle River Staging Area
  • Located 13 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt on Highway 32.
  • Offers 120 kilometres of trail.
  • Includes the beautiful Gundy cabin and large parking lot.
  • Trails designed for all skill levels, but changing weather and snow conditions may increase the degree of difficulty.
  • Trail intersections are numbered and signs indicate the distance to the next trail junction.
Groat Creek Staging Area
  • Located south of Whitecourt on Highway 32 towards Edson.
  • Offers 150 kilometres of trail.

Trails designed for a wide range of sledders over a varied terrain. All the trails are signed, and maps for this trail system will be published soon.

There are several breathtaking vistas along the trails and the Summit Warm-Up Shelter (which has a stove) provides an opportunity to stop, warm up, and roast some hot dogs.

Ample parking, firepits, outdoor bathroom, picnic tables, and firewood is available.

Golden Triangle Trail System
  • 350-kilometre trail with staging areas in Whitecourt, Swan Hills and Fox Creek.
  • Consists of-varied terrain, including flat stretches and rolling hills.
  • There are many creeks, rivers, and small lakes to cross and hundreds of kilometres of cut-lines, pipelines, and forestry roads.
  • Set in a semi-alpine forest.
  • Six warm-up shelters located throughout the trail system.

Call 1-800-313-7383 to find out conditions of the Golden Triangle Trail.

Eastlink Park

Looking for an affordable, fun way to spend the day with your family?

Eastlink Park is an affordable, fun, family hill for the beginner skier/boarder, with a terrain park for the more adventurous, and tubing runs for everyone. The Park offers tubing passes or day passes for skiing/snowboarding. They also accept school and group bookings.

100 Roszko Lane, Whitecourt, AB, T7S 0A9
www.eastlinkpark.com

Ice Fishing

Whitecourt is home to many great fishing spots! Depending on where you fish, you can reel in many different types of game fish, from northern pike to walleye, yellow perch to lake whitefish.

The Athabasca and McLeod Rivers also offer great fishing, as well as many smaller rivers and creeks in the area. Windfall, Groat, Christmas Creek and several others, have game fish such as Athabasca rainbow trout, grayling, pike, walleye, mountain whitefish and northern pike.

McLeod Lake
  • Rainbow Trout
  • 6.5km northwest of Whitecourt on Highway 43; turn north onto Highway 32 for about 10km and follow the signs located on the east side of the road at Carson Pegasus provincial park. For more information check out the Alberta Parks website.
Little McLeod
  • Northern Trout, Pike, Whitefish
  • Located beside McLeod Lake.
Emerald Lake
  • Eastern Brook
  • Located 3.2km north of McLeod Lake.
Athabasca & McLeod Rivers
  • Tributaries of the Athabasca and McLeod rivers such as Sakwatamau and Freeman; creeks such as Windfall, Groat, Oldman, Chickadee, Christmas)
  •  Athabasca Rainbow Trout, Grayling, Pike, Walleye, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike

Alberta Fishing Regulations

Alberta residents under the age of 16 and over 65 need not worry about a fishing license, as it's not required. But for everybody else, different bodies of water have different regulations, and fishermen are required to have a sport fishing license. For more information on fishing licenses, visit Alberta Environment and Park's webpage.

Cross Country Skiing

Whitecourt has 4.5 kilometres of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing located on the Whitecourt Golf & Country Club course.

The trails, maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers, wind through the forested area of the golf course and along the beautiful Athabasca River. Trails are groomed from mid-December through March after each snowfall. Open areas allow for moonlight skiing. Trail access is on 47 Street, at the second gate north of Flats Road.

Carson Pegasus Provincial Park, located 10 kilometers north on Highway 32 north, is also a well known and used trail system. Early season skiing is common on Carson Lake, when the frozen lake is initially covered by a thin layer of snow. A trail network at Carson Pegasus Provincial Park has been developed but is not groomed.

Do you have questions about visiting Whitecourt? Contact Whitecourt Tourism at 1-800-313-7383 or tourism@whitecourt.ca.